Now for the new deployable. The collective term is Encounter Surveillance System, or ESS. Let’s start with a quick tl;dr version, refer to the rest of the text for further details. After 1.1, players receive 95% of a bounty income in Null Sec. An active ESS in a system changes the direct payout value to 80%, but further 20% is stored in a system-wide pool that can be accessed through the ESS. This additional bounty payment can rise to 25% over time. So post-1.1, players have the choice to either skip using an ESS and get 95% bounty value, or use ESS and generate 100% up to 105% of bounty value, but have a portion of it be at risk.
I ran the math on this, just to make it a bit more real.
- Joe Nullbear shoots a rat who has a bounty of 1 million
- pre 1.1 He gets a 1 million (for now I am ignoring corp taxes)
- post 1.1a) No deployable, he now gets 950k isk
- post 1.1b) Freshly deployed, he gets 1 mill isk but he has to warp to another point to pick it up before somebody else does or he only gets 800k
- post 1.1c) Fully bonused deployed, he gets 1.05 mill isk for taking the chance of leaving the damn thing up and running for an extended period of time
To be honest I do not see anybody in their right mind deploying it for the nominal reasons. Instead it will be used as a warp bubble for the common masses, maybe as a security device as it announces someones presence. Put one at a mission gate (if you are allowed to do so) and you will know they are coming before they even enter your ‘room’. Bait.
There is a reason why a lot of null folks that normally have knee-jerk counter reactions to anything the other side says are all agreeing that they don’t like this device. Except PL. AS of the writing of this post the reaction thread is past 50 pages. Lots of angry spergy posts in there but among the drek are some damn good ones. This was my fav
There are ways to make a silk purse out of a sows ear and some folks, like Mynnna tried their best to work within the concept of the plan with modifications. Others are less cooperative and just want the whole thing scrapped.
Me? I work on the math. I think about what the device is supposed to do, what it can do, and try to predict what it will do (if it goes live as is). As it stands, I don’t like it. At the very least the carrot should be as big as the stick to make it a coin toss in risk v isk. If you take a 20% risk down to 800k (in the above example) I think the full bonus ought to be closer to 1.2 mill. 20% down, 20% up. But we all know that most will never have the nerve to wait for the full bonus.
Oh, and for the hisec folks laughing at the null bear tears?
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
If you do not understand the above quote or why I put it there . . .
[edit, grr, I typoed the math on the fourth bullet, fixed now but I shoulda double checked that]